Seven E&A wells are active on the UKCS - five up on this time last month, albeit one was a re-spud - with three exploration and four appraisal wells.
Just one UK sector well has spudded to date this year, while one re-spud is noted.
This year to date, 30 E&A wells have spudded and a further eight exploration and eight appraisal sidetracks, either geological or mechanical, have been initiated.
The appetite for exploration and appraisal on the UKCS seems to have disappeared
Just four E&A wells are active on the UK Continental Shelf, a drop of two since last reported although the imminent re-entry of Total's Spinnaker exploration well, 206/4a-3 will bring the tally up to five.
As August draws to a close just six E&A wells are active in the UKCS, down two wells since last reported at the end of July. Three exploration wells continue (one spud and two sidetracks) as do three appraisals (two spuds and one sidetrack).
Eight E&A wells are active on the UKCS, three of which are nearing operational completion. Most of the current pool is exploratory - five wells - including four sidetracks. The three appraisals are all initial legs.
Ten E&A wells are active on the UKCS. Four semi-submersibles, five jack-ups and one drill ship are active on four exploration and six appraisal wells. The year to date has seen 30 well starts including 19 spuds and 11 sidetracks. The spud count includes nine exploration wells and 10 appraisals. Six exploration and five appraisal sidetracks have additionally been initiated. No change is noted in the number of re-entries and re-spuds; two and one, both exploration wells respectively.
Nine Norwegian sector wells are active utilising seven semi-submersibles and two jack-up rigs. Six of the wells are exploratory and three are appraisals including one sidetrack. The number of E&A spuds in Norwegian waters this year to date is 22, that is, 16 exploration wells and six appraisals.
There are currently nine active E&A wells on the UKCS, keeping six jack-ups and three semi-submersibles rigs busy. Five are exploratory and four are appraisals. The spud-count for the UKCS so far this year is 16; nine exploration and seven appraisal. Two exploration and three appraisal sidetracks have also been started. Further, two exploration wells have been re-entered and one re-spudded.
The UK sector currently has nine E&A wells active or in the throes of operational completion ahead of imminent rig moves. The number of wells spudded so far this year is seven (five exploration and two appraisal), with two wells (one each E&A) sidetracked. Six semi-submersibles and three jack-ups are active.
Poor weather took its toll through much of last month; nonetheless, four wells were spudded and one operation - previously suspended due to harsh sea conditions - was resumed.
Activity levels have tailed off slightly over the last fortnight meaning that 10 E&A wells are operating on the UK Continental Shelf, two down on the previous month.
An early check on UK North Sea drilling activity indicates that there are 13 active exploration & appraisal wells including, in the southern Central North Sea, the first spud of the 2013.
As November closed there were 13 E&A wells active on the UKCS.
At the end of last month, 10 E&A wells were active on the UKCS: five exploration wells - including one from platform facilities - and five appraisals.
In the UK, nine of the 37 mobile units in the sector remain active on E&A wells, the same number as last reported. There have now been 23 well spuds in 2012 comprising 11 exploration and 12 appraisal wells, with five of these having been sidetracked.
Nine mobile units are currently active on E&A drilling in the UKCS, down two since last reported, with the total number of spuds in 2012 to date rising marginally to 21 (11 exploration and 10 appraisal wells) plus five sidetracks initiated for geological and mechanical reasons.
In UK waters, 10 mobile units are currently employed on E&A drilling operations - exploration wells, including a single sidetrack, account for three of these while seven appraisal wells including two sidetracks are active.
A dozen mobile units are currently employed on drilling operations in UK waters.
Eleven mobile units are currently active on UK E&A drilling duties; four exploration wells and seven appraisals including a sidetrack.
Five mobile units are currently on active E&A drilling duties; two exploration wells including a sidetrack and three appraisal wells also including a sidetrack.
A long-awaited weather window during November resulted in a higher level of well starts on the UK Continental Shelf than at any other time in 2011.
ON THE UKCS, 20 mobile rigs are involved in drilling operations on 23 wells . . . seven exploration, five appraisal and 11 development/production wells - the latter including batch drilling programmes.
NINETEEN mobile rigs are currently drilling 25 wells on the UKCS; four exploration, seven appraisals and 14 development/production, the latter including batch drilling programmes.